Firework Safety

August 30, 2016  
Photo of fireworks

Firework safety for the Holiday Season

  • Children should never be allowed to light fireworks and need to be supervised around them.
  • Keep children and pets at least 30 feet away from all ignited sparklers.
  • Always keep a water hose or bucket of water ready when burning or using fireworks (it’s a good idea to drop used sparklers in a bucket of water).
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Use only legal fireworks that are not propelled or do not explode; these are less likely to ignite a wildfire.
  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves and flammable materials.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
  • Light only one item at a time and never attempt to re-light a “dud.”
  • Don’t use any unwrapped items or items that may have been tampered with.
  • Only purchase fireworks from licensed vendors.
  • Watch for smoke and report any fire immediately.
Sources: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Florida fire marshal, Florida Division of Forestry, St. Johns County Fire Rescue